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Boxers (Boxers & Saints #1) by Gene Luen Yang - Book Review

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By Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pien (Inked or colored by), Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596433595
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Published: First Second - September 10th, 2013

In this first graphic novel of the Boxer & Saints two-book series, Yang created a unique and fascinating graphic novel for teens. And while it is not so much a book of history, it mixes the history of 20th-centurey China with the journey of a young man coming of age and perhaps, making wrong choices along the way. Of course, it is possible the choices he made were the only ones that could have been made. Due to violence and other mature content and context, not recommend for under (mature) 13-year-olds. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Dandy by Ame Dyckman - Book Review

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By Ame Dyckman, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316362955
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2019

This modern story of a little girl making a dandelion her beloved best friend will have most people cheering on her imagination. Santo’s illustrations are hilarious. You feel the glares of the other dads as they inform the daddy in question that dandelions are unacceptable on lawns. You hear the frustration when every time the dad tries to get rid of Charlotte and his daughter foils him. And you feel the pain of this daughter when trouble finds Charlotte. Perfect for father’s day or any day! ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson - Book Review

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780374300289
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 6th, 2018

Speak: The Graphic Novel keeps to the feel and message of the novel, yet, it is its own story as well. Carroll brings to life the story with her busy black and white art accenting the important points of the story. The mood of both text and art complement each other. Take your time and read both text and illustrations as slowly as you can. Even though, like a good piece of moist chocolate cake, you are going to want to devour this graphic novel. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes by Ying Chang Compestine - Book Review

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By Ying Compestine, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419725425
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - December 26th, 2017

Compestine’s story differs from the Western classic where the tailors trick a vain Emperor, this time the tailors are the heroes of the story, along with a young Emperor who knows his advisors are lying, cheating and stealing from him. This retelling is a pleasant change to what we are used to, and the rich, bold illustrations are fabulous with how they capture the time and place. Historical and biographical information about the author also included. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Look Up with Me: Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars by Jennifer Berne - Book Review

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By Jennifer Berne, Lorraine Nam (Illustrator), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Introduction by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062844941
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 5th, 2019

Paper artist Lorraine Nam’s cover is fascinating. The bold color of the yellow grabs the eye and pulls you into the blue below. And inside things just continue in the same “out there” color scheme. The realism mixed with an almost fantastical element, creates some unique and thoughtful images. The fact that Tyson’s story is being told as well is just a nice bonus.
You see Tyson grow from a curious baby to the first-time space inspired him to what he is today. There is an introduction by Tyson and more information in the back of the book to help you explore on your own. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Because by Mo Willems - Book Review

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By Mo Willems, Amber Ren (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368019019
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - March 5th, 2019

Willems and Amber Ren created a story about how things are connected because X happened Y was able to happen. These connections and events flow through out the story as you follow the yellow music image as it finally turns to green and later, blue. The illustrations are muted colors, but bold, too, and have the right pops of color where needed. The story leaves you feeling breathless! ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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